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Heavy rained causes flooding chaos on Newark's roads


By Rachel Armitage


Heavy rain caused flooding and chaos on Newark’s roads this week.

A yellow weather warning of heavy rain was in place from Monday to Thursday, and it is thought that a month’s worth of rain for June fell in just one or two days.

There was flooding all around Newark, in particular on Lincoln Court where several inches of standing water covered the road, as well as Main Street in Balderton and The Banks in Bingham.

Cars pass through flooding on London, Road Balderton, following heavy rain. 110619TV3-3. (12162191)
Cars pass through flooding on London, Road Balderton, following heavy rain. 110619TV3-3. (12162191)

Councillors say they are fed up of fighting for improvements to a large area of Lincoln Court, off Yorke Drive, which regularly floods after heavy rain.

It was under water again this week.

Gill Dawn and Irene Brown, who both live nearby and represent the area on the town and district councils, have been asking for better drainage of the court, which is the responsibility of Newark and Sherwood Homes.

Water should drain away through a soakaway, but it becomes overwhelmed in heavy or prolonged rain.

Cllr Irene Brown and Cllr Gill Dawn at the site of severe flooding on Lincoln Court, Newark. 110619TV2-1. (12162131)
Cllr Irene Brown and Cllr Gill Dawn at the site of severe flooding on Lincoln Court, Newark. 110619TV2-1. (12162131)

Gill Dwan said: “It has been flooding for years. The soakaway doesn’t work and every time it takes weeks to drain away. It is horrible stagnant water.”

She said she had met with Newark and Sherwood Homes last August when she had been told it would monitor the flooding and the water would be pumped away if necessary.

Newark and Sherwood Homes did not provide a response before the Advertiser went to press.

An amber warning for flooding was issued by the Government on Tuesday as the prolonged rain put parts of the River Trent and its tributaries at River Greet, Potwell Dyke, Dover Beck, Cocker Beck and Thurgarton Beck at risk of flooding.

A warning was also issued for those living near Easthorpe, Bottesford, Belvoir Lane, the Woolsthorpe to Belvoir Road in Woolsthorpe, Church Lane and Main Street in Muston as river levels rose at the Colston Bassett river gauge on the River Devon.

Rufford Lane, between A614 Old Rufford Road and Bescar Lane, Wellow, was closed both ways on Tuesday as the road has been deemed unsafe to pass due to flooding on the ford.

There were many train delays and cancellations on London North Eastern Railways due to the weather.

East Midlands Ambulance Services, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue warned residents to take extra care on the roads as there were some large puddles and lots of deep standing water.



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